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Nikon launches 16MP DX-format Coolpix A and P330 enthusiast compacts

By dpreview staff on Mar 5, 2013 at 04:01 GMT

Nikon has unveiled its first DX-format compact, the Coolpix A, alongside the enthusiast-focused Coolpix P330. The Coolpix A fits a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter behind a 28mm equivalent, F2.8 prime lens. The Coolpix P330, meanwhile, gains a 1/1.7" sensor and Raw-shooting capability, over its predecessor. The Coolpix A will cost around $1100/£1000/€1100, while the P330 will retail for around $380/£350/€380.

We've had the opportunity to use both the Coolpix P330 and the Coolpix A, and have prepared hands-on previews, based on those experiences.

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Press Release:

NIKON’S NEWEST ADVANCED PERFORMANCE COOLPIX CAMERAS PROVIDE INCREDIBLE QUALITY AND CONTROL FOR THOSE SERIOUS ABOUT CAPTURING STUNNING IMAGES

World Renowned Optics and a Host of Innovative Technologies, Including the Use of a DX-Format Image Sensor, Provide Users with Premier Compacts for Shooting and Sharing

MELVILLE, N.Y. (March 4, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced two new advanced performance COOLPIX cameras, built for the customer seeking the best image quality possible with the convenience and ease-of-use of a compact camera. The Nikon COOLPIX A is the first COOLPIX to incorporate a DX-format sensor, similar to those found in many of Nikon’s coveted D-SLRs, which provides the highest image quality possible from a compact point-and-shoot. Additionally, the small yet powerful COOLPIX P330 fits comfortably into a shirt pocket, yet gives users the confidence to capture beautiful imagery through amazing optics, low-light capabilities and creative control.

"The introduction of the COOLPIX A, as Nikon’s flagship COOLPIX camera, provides uncompromised image quality and incredibly sharp detail in a compact point-and-shoot camera. As the first COOLPIX to use a DX-format sensor, the COOLPIX A will exceed expectations for its unsurpassed performance," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "The COOLPIX A, along with the COOLPIX P330, demonstrates the forward-looking direction of the Advanced Performance COOLPIX line, and packs all of the benefits of Nikon’s optical heritage and imaging experience into a compact, yet powerful package."

Advanced Performance COOLPIX Cameras with Wi-Fi® Connectivity
For those who never settle for second best, this new duo presents the optimal choice to consistently capture high-quality images and HD video with outstanding clarity and detail. Thanks to their exceptional CMOS imaging sensors and world-class NIKKOR lenses, these cameras deliver brilliant photos amidst the action, even in low-light conditions. With compact designs and advanced feature sets that allow users to easily grow and improve their image or video shooting skills, these new COOLPIX cameras provide creative control and connectivity options for the photographer in everyone. These new cameras also join the ultra-zoom COOLPIX P520 and performance powerhouse COOLPIX P7700 in Nikon’s series of COOLPIX Advanced Performance cameras.

Once a still or video has been captured, both cameras let users share images instantly with family and friends when connected using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter*1. This accessory pairs with the free downloadable Wireless Mobile Utility application1, which enables users to transfer their images and videos to compatible smart devices and tablets for easy sharing and viewing with others.

The COOLPIX A: Nikon’s First DX-Format COOLPIX Camera Unlike any other COOLPIX camera, the new COOLPIX A is equipped with a DX-format CMOS sensor that enables users to achieve superior image quality previously only possible with a Nikon D-SLR. The combination of this 16.2-megapixel DX-format sensor and ultra-sharp prime NIKKOR lens firmly positions the COOLPIX A as the reigning flagship camera in the COOLPIX line.

The all-glass 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens has an f/2.8 aperture, allowing users to shoot with a shallow depth of field to blur backgrounds for professional-looking photos. Even when the sun goes down, the lens offers the ability to turn a fleeting glance into a flattering moonlit portrait with just a press of the shutter. Always ready for the spontaneous moment, the camera’s quick AF performance and 4 frames-per-second (fps) burst help users to consistently capture any moment with outstanding image quality.

For those who want to push their photography skills, the versatile COOLPIX A also offers advanced settings to allow shooters to have complete creative control to master nearly any shooting situation. With multiple Scene Modes, a familiar manual focus ring, full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M), and the ability to shoot RAW/NEF image files, even a simple snapshot can be transformed into artistic expression.

Additionally, the COOLPIX A offers a variety of accessories to enhance the shooting experience, including the DF-CP1 Optical Viewfinder, the UR-E24 Adapter Ring for attaching lens hoods and filters, and the HN-CP18 metal Lens Hood, which helps protect the surface of the lens and restricts light from passing through without negatively influencing images. The camera also has a full size hot shoe port that makes the camera compatible with various accessories such as Nikon Speedlights.

The COOLPIX P330: Big Performance from a Tiny Camera

Nikon Coolpix P330 with 1/1.7", 12.2-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor and super-sharp f/1.8 lens

The COOLPIX P330 offers a useful 5x wide angle to telephoto (24mm-120mm, 35mm equivalent) zoom and cutting-edge features in a sleek, portable design for exceptional images and HD video. The P330 has a 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor that offers users the ability to confidently capture vibrant photos with low noise. Additionally, the super-sharp f/1.8 lens is the fastest in the COOLPIX line, rendering photos and Full HD 1080p video with striking clarity in a variety of lighting conditions. The lens also includes Vibration Reduction image stabilization to further reduce the effects of image blur when shooting handheld. Designed for the user who wants a sophisticated camera with the option of an advanced feature set, the COOLPIX P330 includes manual controls (P,S,A,M) and can now capture NRW/RAW images.

The P330 also enables users to enhance their photography with the inclusion of various Scene Modes, as well as Nikon’s Easy Auto Mode for capturing beautiful imagery during scenic vacations, celebrations or everyday moments, all with the convenience of a small, portable size. Additionally, the camera incorporates Full HD Video with stereo sound, engaged with just a simple press of the dedicated video record button.

This high-performance camera also comes with built-in GPS capabilities so photographers can easily log even their most exotic travels by pinpointing the exact latitude and longitude where the image was captured.

Pricing and Availability

The COOLPIX A will be available in March 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1099.95*2 and will be offered in Black and Silver. The DF-CP1 Optical Viewfinder will be available for a suggested retail price of $449.96*2, and the UR-E24 Adapter Ring and HN-CP18 Lens Hood will be sold together for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $129.96*2; accessories will be available in March 2013. The COOLPIX P330 will also be available in March 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $379.95*2 and will be offered in Black and White.

In order to give consumers a more effective way to understand the benefits of each COOLPIX camera and to help users determine the best camera to fit their lifestyle, Nikon has segmented the COOLPIX series into five categories: Advanced Performance, Fun & Innovative, Ultra-Slim Zoom, Comfort Long Zoom and Budget Friendly. For more information about these and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com

*1 WI-FI SPECIFICATIONS AND COMPATIBILITY
This camera’s Wi-Fi® capability using the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
For compatibility and to download the application, please visit:
For iPhone®/iPad®/iPod Touch® <https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/wireless-mobile-adapter-utility/id554157010> For AndroidTM Google PlayTM <https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nikon.wu.wmau>
Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc. Wi-Fi® and the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo are registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
All Nikon trademarks are trademarks of Nikon Corporation.

*2 SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Nikon Coolpix A specifications

Price
MSRP$1100/£1000/€1100
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Sensor
Max resolution4928 x 3264
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200 6400, (12800, 25600 with boost)
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • RAW (NEF)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28 mm
Optical zoom1×
Maximum apertureF2.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range10 cm (3.94)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDNo
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder typeOptical (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed auto (with flexible program)
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture-priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Beach/Snow
  • Blossom
  • Candlelight
  • Child
  • Close-up
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Food
  • High Key
  • Landscape
  • Low Key
  • Autumn colors
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Party/Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Silhouette
  • Sports
  • Sunset
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range11.50 m
External flashYes (via ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Best Shot Selector
  • Multi-shot 16
Continuous drive4 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesvia optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Physical
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNikon EN-EL20 Lithium-Ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA)230
Weight (inc. batteries)299 g (0.66 lb / 10.55 oz)
Dimensions111 x 64 x 40 mm (4.37 x 2.52 x 1.57)
Other features
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-1

Nikon Coolpix A additional Images

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 Nikon Coolpix A with DF-CP1 optical viewfinder
 Nikon DF-CP1 optical viewfinder

Nikon Coolpix P330 specifications

Price
MSRP$380/£350/€380
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors13 megapixels
Sensor size1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Image
ISOAuto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200, 6400, 12800
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • RAW (NRW)
  • 3D images: MPO
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–120 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF1.8 - F5.6
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (2x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed auto (with flexible program)
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture-priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Beach
  • Backlighting
  • Black and White copy
  • Candlelight
  • Close-up
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Fireworks show
  • Food
  • Landscape
  • Museum
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Panorama
  • Party/Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Silhouette
  • Sports
  • Snow
  • Sunset
  • Special effects
  • Scene Auto Selector
  • 3D photography
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range6.50 m
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous L
  • Continuous H
  • Continuous H -60 (60fps)
  • Continuous H -120 (120fps)
  • Pre-shooting cache
  • Best Shot Selector
  • Multi-shot 16
  • Interval time shooting
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Spot AF-area
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720p (30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesOptional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNikon EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA)200
Weight (inc. batteries)200 g (0.44 lb / 7.05 oz)
Dimensions103 x 58 x 32 mm (4.06 x 2.28 x 1.26)
Other features
GPSBuiltIn

Nikon Coolpix P330 additional images

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Comments

Total comments: 109
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Retzius
By Retzius (Mar 5, 2013)

So.. the viewfinder accessory is more than the 50mm f1.4g lens?????

15 upvotes
Amnon G
By Amnon G (Mar 5, 2013)

It's made from transparent Aluminum ;-P

0 upvotes
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Mar 5, 2013)

no for me.. I just wish it was a yes..

0 upvotes
Dennis Linden
By Dennis Linden (Mar 5, 2013)

already outshines the V2

4 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 5, 2013)

If you like the FOV of your cell phone, sure.

1 upvote
stealthhacker
By stealthhacker (Mar 5, 2013)

why the fn button is placed on the front surface?
40mm thickness, better than x100, not as thin as rx100...
the war on large-sensor compact rises...

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 6, 2013)

"why the fn button is placed on the front surface?"

Nikon's latest practice - they've done the same to the P330 too.

0 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Mar 5, 2013)

well this is cool.

0 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Mar 5, 2013)

Would be cool at half the price.

4 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 5, 2013)

And 1.5x the focal length

3 upvotes
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